School Superintendent Earns Performance Bonus After Positive Evaluation
Dr. Frank Tiano will receive a $5,000 performance bonus this year.
The School Committee last night gave Superintendent Frank Tiano high marks on his performance evaluation and voted to give him the $5,000 performance bonus he is eligible for, as outlined in his contract.
The committee specified a number of goals for Tiano for the 2011-2012 school year, including presenting a strategic plan, working with staff to create a performance evaluation tool for administrators and teachers, and establishing a facilities committee to evaluate the school's needs.
Tiano was also charged with steering the high school's NEASC accreditation and working with the school business manager to update business policies and practices and emphasize making purchases with Chelmsford's local merchants.
Tiano discussed each goal's status individually with the committee, noting that while some may not have completely come to fruition yet - for example, NEASC's accreditation report is not due until August or September - but they continue to be ongoing matters Tiano is addressing.
Tiano attributed much of the success of the goals to collaboration with others in the School Department, but School Committee officials thanked Tiano for his hard work.
"Looking back, I think we really nailed it with (the goals) ... They're meaningful and they impact the school district and community. Overall I'm proud of the superintendent," said School Committee chairwoman Janet Askenburg.
Vice Chairman Nick DeSilvio agreed.
"This is a strong set of goals we established, they were all achieved as far as I'm concerned. I know you said it’s a collaborative effort but you can't steer a ship without a captain. This is great and I can't wait to start working on goals for next year," he said.
Committee member Al Thomas said he is also impressed with Tiano, but for reasons aside from the goals themselves.
"I think one of the best things that can be said is there's been a confidence boost in the leadership of this district. There have been some serious issues in the course of the year and they didn’t blow up, they were handled well and I think Frank's made a commitment to the community," said Thomas. " ... I think the confidence and credibility he's brought may not be measurable, but they are more important than the things that are measurable."